• It's getting close...

    August 31, 2007

    As we get closer to our alpha launch, we wanted to throw up a couple teaser screenshots of what some of our main page elements are going to look like. These are not the final versions, but we'll try to keep rotating through a few of the...

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  • MicroStock Contracts, Agreements and Terms of Use comparison

    August 28, 2007

    At Cutcaster, we have been working on an improved Royalty Free Contract and have done some of our own research on what the different competitor sites' agreements look like. We always want to improve and will listen to anyones' suggestions. With the help of J. Gracey Stinson...

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  • Links for Designers Pay and Fees around the world

    August 28, 2007

    There is a great resource over at Design TalkBoard which enlightens us about what the market is paying and valuing designers work. Here is a link to their list and some of the links below that I found particularly helpful. Graphic designers salaries – 2006 survey on desi...

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  • Freelance Graphic Designers Salaries and Factors for Charging

    August 28, 2007

    Freelancers must battle with this forever. Its a tricky and touchy subject to discuss money and charges with a new customer. No one wants to put a potential client off by over or under-quoting. What are the most important factors you should take into account when you are pricing up your working and deciding how much to charge? Here are some th...

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  • Banned BMW Commercial. Can you ban commercials on the Internet?

    August 28, 2007

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4KlwFovFUo] Disclaimer-This is safe for work. Seeing banned commercial like this BMW ad makes us at Cutcaster want to meet creators like this and turns our brain into overdrive about the possibilities of the Internet as a distribution mechanism for content like this, which may be too edgy for TV. Let...

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  • Digg Adds Video

    August 28, 2007

    In a move that had to be expected but not yet ready on Digg, Joe Shockley over at Surflizard just told me that Digg now features videos on their new home page....

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  • Yahoo Photos is no more...

    August 26, 2007

    The process of corporate cannibalization continues as it was officially announced that Yahoo will shutdown its image service September 20th and focus all its time/money/effort on Flickr. Similar to what happened to Google Videos and YouTube minus the mess G...

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  • Smart Scene Carving Resizes Images Without Distortion

    August 26, 2007

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-SSu3tJ3ns] If you haven't seen this yet, I think its going to be pretty cool for artist who can now modify images without distortion. Check out this smart image resizing algorithm first...

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  • Media Usage in Britain...

    August 25, 2007

    These are always interesting stats to see when you're trying to build an online video marketplace. Steve Rubel over at Micro Persuasion posted this link to a Variety article about a survey done in Brita...

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  • Gregorius: NMKY (Finnish YMCA cover). I couldn't stop cracking up

    August 24, 2007

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCgrG35-3js] I was just sent this hilarious video of a YMCA spoof from 1979 and thought I would share. Looks like a Finnish Kevin Klein and I love those back-up dancers. Thank god its Friday!...

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  • Latest Adobe Flash Player 9 software ready

    August 23, 2007

    Adobe announced a few days ago their latest update for the Adobe Flash Player 9, code named Moviestar. This will now include H.264 standard video support - the same standard deployed in Blu-Ray® and HD-DVD® high definition video players - and Hi...

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  • Creators of Content- Listen up for Copyright Clarification

    August 23, 2007

    PACA or to those that don't know the Picture Archive Council of America has produced a PowerPoint presentation which provides a ton of very valuable information regarding copyright law in the US and how it applies to the use of imagery in advertising, the news media and fine art. You can download the pres...

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  • Will YouTube finally be a cash cow?

    August 23, 2007

    Silicon Alley Insider had a great article that ran some revenue projections on YouTube's new plan to sell video ads. This is a major (and much anticipated) step for the video juggernaut, and what's interesting is that in the author'...

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  • Choose your words wisely- Keywording Help

    August 22, 2007

    Why do we say that at Cutcaster ;-) So, you’ve got that shot. Everything is perfect. You’ve nailed the exposure and focus. The composition couldn’t be better and you burned the midnight oil at your computer in your digital “darkroom,” preening and fluffing that shot or your clip to perfection. The only thing that is left before you send it o...

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  • Updates for Cutcaster

    August 22, 2007

    Sorry for a bit of radio silence on the blog the last day or two. We like to add an entry or so a day but I was off-line so excuse. We had a very busy last few days at Cutcaster and have been tying up the last of the loose ends. This weekend we finalized a lot of the uploading functionality and it is looking and working good so far. We are...

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  • The popularity of online marketplaces...

    August 19, 2007

    This post on emilychang.com (a great resource, btw) highlights a new document-only content marketplace called Gazhoo. Being a content marketplace ourselves, we here at Cutcaster are paying particular attention to how well this new beta site does. Let...

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  • The Content Revolution Continues

    August 17, 2007

    A content revolution is drastically changing the traditional media and distribution landscape. No one knows where this will lead us but we are all witnessing the seismic change and trying to determine the best course of action. The market for online content especially video and audio is growing at an extraordinary pace. Open standards for digi...

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  • StockPhoto 50 top Questions

    August 15, 2007

    For a great summary on questions you might have in the stock photo world, this is a great reference source over on StockPhoto. It has a list of 50 of the most asked questions about stock photography and answers and will be helpful as well to people who care about stock footage. I believe t...

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  • Videojug...

    August 15, 2007

    A link on Solution Watch gave us a heads-up about the relaunch of the how-to video site, VideoJug. It's actually a pretty cool site, and if Wikihow ever went public, VideoJug would probably be at the top of their acquisition list as it purports to have over 18,000...

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  • Royalty Payments at Cutcaster

    August 14, 2007

    Royalty Payments have been dropping for some time now as larger agencies are squeezing the content creator’s profitability for their unique content. To begin at Cutcaster, we are proud of the fact that we return a minimum of 40% of the proceeds to the producer/artist and in most cases more. Cutcaster was concieved and created as the best way t...

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